Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg recently talked to Entertainment Weekly about both “Arrow” and “The Flash,” where he shared a little more info about the main villain for season 3, as well as the big “Arrow” and “Flash” crossover event. Here’s what he told Entertainment Weekly:
“Slade had a very specific agenda—he was out for revenge and had set up this elaborate five-year plot,” Kreisberg tells EW. “What’s interesting about the villain in season three is that he doesn’t necessarily disagree with [Oliver]. He doesn’t have any personal animus towards the Arrow, and he actually in some ways has a very similar worldview. [But] the Arrow is thinking too small.”
“In some ways, as Oliver is struggling with whether or not he can be the Arrow and Oliver at the same time, the villain of season 3 is saying, ‘Being Oliver Queen is what’s holding you back from fulfilling your true destiny.’ So it’s a very interesting dynamic, but it is tied in the same way that Oliver last year was wrestling with, ‘Am I a hero or a killer?’ The theme of identity is tied up very much in how the villain is presented to Oliver.”
“It’s really going to be an adventure with the Arrow and Flash on both episodes. Watching the two teams come together and fight alongside each other, it’s one of the most fun parts,” says Kreisberg. “We just don’t believe in waiting. We really believe in accelerated storytelling and especially for those first nine episodes of the season—for both shows—hopefully we’ve designed it so that none of these [make you say], ‘Well, I missed that one, it’s fine.’”
So who do you think the big bad buy for season 3 is going to be? We should find out soon enough, but the conflict between the villain and Oliver that Andrew Kreisberg described in this article already has me excited for the different story possibilities of season 3! Not to mention “The Flash” crossover special!
You can check out the full interview over at Entertainment Weekly.